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A Better Religion.

A Better Religion.

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" The Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers."
— I Kings viii. 57.

" The Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers."
— I Kings viii. 57.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 01, 2014
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A BETTER RELIGION. BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH " The Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers."  — I Kings viii. 57. It is said that in the material universe higher conditions are being slowly evolved from lower conditions, and that the earth is a better place to live on than in the long ago. It is said also that this evolutionary process is constantly going on in human society, that new forms of government arise from the old just as a blossom comes from a seed, that laws, customs, public morality, modes of living, are undergoing a change for the better, and that the world is sweeter, cleaner, purer, nobler, and kindlier than it has ever been before. Furthermore, it is said that what we call progress does not show any fatigue, but is as vigorous and
hopeful as ever, that what has been accomplished is but a faint prophecy of what the distant future i74 A BETTER RELIGION. I 75 will witness, and that the ideal man is on a summit which will sometime be reached, but is now en-veloped in cloud. If in all things else the good is being changed into the better, surely religion is not to be excepted. If we put on new garments elsewhere, we ought not to wear the same old soiled clothing when we go to church. If we have learned some of the startling secrets of nature, we ought also to dis-cover new secrets in the soul. One cannot say of religion alone that it is fenced within certain narrow limits, that our fathers explored it thoroughly and there is nothing more for their children to know.
It seems to me that nothing is more wonderful than the progress which has been made in our knowledge of spiritual matters during the last few generations. There is no subject on which in-quiry is more acute or which appeals more ur-gently to the attention of mankind. Men not only acknowledge the necessity for larger faith, but they have a kind of hunger and thirst for it. The longing to know more about soul as distinct from body, and about the future to which we are all hastening, is not only ardent, but even pathetic. There is a prevailing conviction that we are on the 176 HERALD SERMONS. verge of some glorious discoveries in this direction, and so we strain our eyes to catch the first glimpse of them. More than this, there never has been a time when the Bible was read with more intense curi-

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